Spectral Lore – Gnosis EP (2015)

A while ago, Greece’s Spectral Lore took us on a trip through the cosmos. It was a rather out of the ordinary journey, but we went and were overjoyed by it. But Gnosis seems to be on a much different plane of thinking, taking the occult path this time in lieu of the act’s previous science related journey. A state of gnosis is required for all forms of magick visualization and is a highly concentrated and focused state in which the mind has been calmed and focused on creating an illusion from the void of thought-matter, which then brings into reality in the form of an egregore. But that’s basic chaos magick, of which mastermind Ayloss may or may not be practitioner. In a way, Gnosis could very much be a musical sigil of sorts, and it most certainly contains elements of ritual that come completely without the use of guitar. There are lyrics on this record as well, and quite beautiful ones to be precise (the poetry here is beyond words) but you won’t necessarily be able to understand them as they have a whirling effect and seem to envelop the listener in something that definitely feels more transcendent in tone than I’ve ever experienced. Despite it being an EP, it is a very long record with the masterwork of “A God Made Of Flesh and Consciousness” being a little over the fourteen minute mark. There aren’t any short songs here, and the record in itself doesn’t feel like a black metal sort of album, regardless of the fact that tremolos and such are indeed utilized. Gnosis is for those who are literally trying to experience that sort of higher consciousness and I’ve absolutely no doubt in my mind that work here produced by Ayloss was undoubtedly a very significant part of his own spiritual evolution.

As with any great occultist, Ayloss asks questions. He asks several in “Dualism” (8:52) and he asks even more on “A God Made Of Flesh and Consciousness.” (14:02.) But this is a part of being a occult studier and practitioner, I feel – it’s what separates us from the religious who are told what to believe and the atheists, who merely seek to disprove anything that they cannot understand. We ask questions, which is what the listener gets here. You won’t actually hear these questions in the swirl of metaphysical noise, but they’re asked. They’re asked in a form that may imprint itself upon your subconscious, as the words themselves are again, not entirely audible, yet the meaning remains. In fact, I expect some of you to say, “where are you hearing these vocals?” but when I focused in on the music, I could indeed hear them. They’re just placed in a way unlike any I’ve heard, feeling again, very reminiscent of chaos magick. The record calls to mind Acherontas, Melechesh and several others who seem to have a higher consciousness set to their music. I’d humbly recommend it, though to only those who’ll be able to understand it. To most, it’ll be an exciting instrumental album, but there’s so much more to be discerned here. You’ll just need to really sit down and listen to it, preferably in a meditative position. Gnosis isn’t just an album, it’s an affirmative mantra.

(5 Tracks, 49:00)

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